Arnolds Park and Lake Okoboji

Arnolds Park is one of the oldest amusement parks in the Midwest and it shows. Located on beautiful  Lake Okoboji, it appears the only thing saving Arnold Park from closing is the scads of children set to run loose while their parents enjoy downtime at Godfather’s Pizza or the dock side bar.

Perhaps we are being too harsh, Arnold’s Park is charming a throw back to a fifties carnival. But growing up so close to Cedar Point, Geuga Lake and Kings Island, $25 all day passes seem exhorbanant even if is just for the kids.

For children there are a dozen or so rides but for adults there is a small but fast, wooden roller coaster, a ferris wheel, a various other rides like the Tilt A Whirl.

Imagine a local carnival that has no other place to go and sets down roots… That’s Arnold’s Park.


After a dissappointing visit to Armold’s Park, we had a leinenguegel Summer Shandy beer at Pirate Jack’s bar waiting for our scheduled one hour long lake cruise on the Queen II.

The Queen II is a 25 year old vessel that is made to resemble a steamboat, and the cruise narrative focuses on the history of the Great Lakes region of Iowa. Okoboji’s physics as characteristics one of the highest points in Iowa provide a cooling breeze that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Most of the property on the lake front rarely goes for sale and is passed from generation to generation and is highly prized. Our tour guide claims that these properties can sell for as much as $1,000 per square inch. If anyone is interested going in on 3 square feet, let us know and we will figure out a time share agreement.